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Sigmund hits goal-scoring mode

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 24/06/2016

Former All White Ben Sigmund is relishing playing an unaccustomed attacking role for Cashmere Technical as the Christchurch team continue their unbeaten Chatham Cup run.

Cashmere, who won back-to-back titles from 2013, will take on fellow Christchurch club Coastal Spirit in the third round of the knock-out competition this weekend.

Cashmere lead the Mainland Premier League, four points ahead of second-placed Spirit, who they thumped 6-2 earlier this month.

That was 35-year-old Sigmund's debut for the club, and he made sure it was a memorable one by finding the net.

He has gone on to notch a couple more goals for Cashmere, and is relishing being used in a more attacking role than during his time with Wellington Phoenix.

"I used to play in the midfield when I was younger and I've been loving it," he said of his move into the middle of the park.

"I probably wouldn't get away with it in a professional game and I'm still a bit rusty with my touches. But I've got three goals already so I must be doing something okay."

The clash between the Mainland rivals is not the only top-of-the-table encounter scheduled for this weekend, with Central League title challengers Napier City Rovers and Miramar Rangers also meeting on Sunday.

Chatham Cup holders Eastern Suburbs face a testing trip to East Coast Bays, while fellow Northern outfit Waitemata will have giant killing on their minds as they head to five-time winners Central United.

Local pride will also go on the line down south as Queenstown Rovers host Gore Wanderers and Caversham welcome Dunedin Technical.

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